Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Guess that story - a conversation about retellings...
Happy Wednesday All! Time for another Blog Chain round. Margie started today's round with this topic:
Pick a book or story and imagine it in a new genre. For example, what would Oliver Twist be like if it was a sci-fi novel. Would Fagin have been a robot? Do you prefer you new creation or the original?
I love this topic. Rewriting previous stories with a twist is a wonderful exercise. Now, let's see if I can come up with one I would love to see...
How about a futuristic Alice in Wonderland? Or a dystopian Wizard of Oz?
I actually love retellings when they are done well. Once Upon a Time on ABC is a masterful weaving and retelling of fairtytales. And I absolutely loved the modern retelling of Hamlet in Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray. Even my own Transcend, a retelling of sorts inspired by Phantom of the Opera, took the classic story in a slightly different way (though within the same horror genre).
But I digress...
Bottom line, I love any creative take on familiar tales. As long as the new story feels original.
What do you guys think? Do you like re-tellings???
For more on this topic, check out Sandra's from yesterday, and Katrina's post tomorrow.